"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Brent Musburger almost finished broadcasting a college sports event last night without referring to a sexy woman. And then he just couldn’t help himself.
In just his first game after his ogling of Katherine Webb — the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron — during college football’s national championship game made national headlines, late-night monologues and forced an apology from his ESPN bosses, Musburger signed off from a college basketball game last night by calling his female sideline reporter “really smokin’.”
Here’s how he ended his call of the Kansas/Baylor game last night:
“Once again, your final score, Kansas 61, Baylor 44. “Coming up next, SportsCenter. For Fran Franschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin’ tonight, I want to say ‘So long from Lawrence.’”
Check out the call in the video below, and watch the emphasis the 73-year-old broadcaster places on “really smokin’.”
Musburger did not mention the controversy from the Alabama/Notre Dame title game or his boss’ apology during the game. And USA Today wondered if the whole thing was a joke that Rowe was in on; she was one of his supporters during the Webb controversy.
Either way, we expect to be hearing from ESPN higher-ups again later today.
David Daley is the editor-in-chief of SalonMore David Daley.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)